In my 20s, one of my sisters congratulated me on my published book of poems. I was confused. I soon learned the book was written by another Alice Walker, an African-American who later wrote The Color Purple. If you Google Alice Walker in the United States, 5,840,000 appear, many added when Google included Ancestry.com’s database. Walker was once the 19th most popular surname in the United States. I intended to be a famous writer too. Alice Walker, the Black and Alice Walker, the White? I invented my first pen name using my mother’s maiden name: A. Delaney Walker. I hid … Continue reading My Pen Name
The drug CIPRO, an antibiotic that may cause life lasting side effects that may destroy one’s quality of life. Please refuse it should a doctor or hospital offer it. I received a three-hour drip of it unwittingly. Once I woke and discovered it, I removed the tube from my arm. Perhaps too late…. From NATURE magazine, March 2018 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03267-5 ….But after persistent campaigning by patient groups, attitudes began to change in 2008, when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first of what would be a series of strong alerts about the side effects of fluoroquinolone drugs, including … Continue reading Parents, don’t let your kids take……
Now? No. Back in 1984 – Yes. It was an adventure of a lifetime. Continue reading Would I teach English overseas again? Now?
Turkey’s Government & Education As an applicant to the European Union, EU, Turkey receives billions of euros. One respected and energetic colleague in Gaziantep managed a program that took students to France for a few weeks. The students lived with French families and learned French culture, sponsored by an EU educational exchange program. EU cuts Turkey funding after ‘democratic deterioration’ | News | Al .. A newspaper in Turkey reported that Turkey broke international sanctions against Iran. Turkey illegally bought oil from Iran. The government avoided a paper trail by paying in gold bars. A feeling of boastful cunning seemed … Continue reading USA = Turkey?
Teaching overseas includes 80% stress for 20% exotica: bad housing, incompetent colleagues and supervisors, and grades changed by management. I’m glad I’m done with it. Continue reading My Reality of Teaching Overseas
(All photos are mine except for the Bali postcard and above UAE holiday card) 1. CANADA – 2 years Stanley Park, Vancouver http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx Two years of happiness. Fantastic opportunity to write and receive feedback on my writing in … Continue reading Top 10 Foreign Delights by countries lived in
Asian students are wonderful. They are quiet and respectful. They also study and learn. Arabic countries are superior to Asian countries in regards to housing, culture and food. In the Arabic countries of the UAE and Oman, the weather is superb. Al Ain in the UAE was like spring every day for five months. Sandals 24/7/365 was fantastic. Yearly round-trip tickets home or to other vacation hot spots were enjoyable, such as a Christmas week in Ubud, a painting-haven in Bail. No USA income taxes. Nearly 99% of teachers make less than $99,000 a year, the cut off mark for … Continue reading Top 10 Wonderful Realities about Teaching English Overseas
Gulf countries are not just desert and oil. Two years in Saudi Arabia, two in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one in Egypt and 11 in Oman, total 16 years. How did I change? Attitudes towards clothing, money, health, food, socializing, and religion. First, clothing. Nowadays I prefer the comfort of loose clothing, mandatory in Arabia. It allows air to flow between skin, cloth and the outside heat while being modest. Jeans were too hot. Westerners insulting Arabs as ‘ragheads’ should look in the mirror: Baseball caps and hoodies. Payday in Saudi Arabia (1984-1986) – cash. Then I wired it … Continue reading How Living in Arabia Changed Me